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Prayers of Forgiveness in movement & music

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Estag’firullah Zikr

When: Monday August 7th 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107) in Seattle

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. The head of the Mevlevi Order of America, Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras, has offered this Estag’firullah Zikr as a blessing for us in establishing the Mevlevi tradition on American soil.

The Estag’firullah Zikr is intended to be a spiritually healing prayer experience.  Estag’firullah is taken from the Arabic Ghafûr , one of the traditional Names of God meaning “the pardoner, the forgiver.”  We invoke Estag’firullah to ask for forgiveness for every breath we have taken without remembering the divine unity of this reality.

We sing, whirl, and dance together in prayer to help each other polish our hearts, clarify our minds, and remember the ways we are intimately connected to God. Here we have a way to open our hearts and hands to the source of healing, and to all in need simultaneously. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

“And inward colors from the Light on high.
The light that lights the eye is also the heart’s light; 
The eyes’ light proceeds from the Light of the heart.  
But the light that lights the heart is the light of God.”
~
 Hz. Pir Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi 

Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday March 20th
7:30pm
Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street Seattle 98107
(knock loudly – doorbell does not work)

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

Zikr of Presence

31_design1Monday July 18th – 7:30pm
Zikr of Presence

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
http://seattleoddfellows.org/

Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle
welcomes you! http://rumiseattle.org/

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us. http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=356

O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor,
he is next to your wall –
You, erring in the desert –
what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s
form without any form –
You are the house, the master,
You are the Kaaba, you! . . .
Where is a bunch of roses,
if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence
when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true – and yet your troubles
may turn to treasures rich –
How sad that you yourself veil
the treasure that is yours.

~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
‘I Am Wind, You are Fire’ translation by Annemarie Schimmel

Zikr of Presence

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Date: Monday May 16th 

Time: 7:30pm

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry.

This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad. We have instituted this monthly meeting under the instruction of our order’s musical guide, Dr. Timucin Cevikoglu.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

Location:
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market StreetSeattle, WA 98107
Friends: when you arrive at the door, ring the bell for the upper hall. A friend will answer the door and invite you in. Please note: sometimes the bell doesn’t work. Knock loudly if there is no response.

Listen with ears of tolerance!
See through the eye of compassion!
Speak with the language of love!  ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

Zikr of Presence

Zikr of Presence
Monday March 21st

7:30pm
Turkish Ceramic Tiles

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer,  Sufi devotional music and poetry. Read more here.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107)
Questions? Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

When grapes turn
to wine, they long for our ability to change.

When stars wheel
around the North Pole,
they are longing for our growing consciousness.

Wine got drunk with us,
not the other way.
The body developed out of us, not we from it.

We are bees,
and our body is a honeycomb.
We made
the body, cell by cell we made it.

~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rum (trans. Robert Bly)

Celebrate the Urs of Suleyman Hayati Dede with us!

Peace, Dear Friends!

Please join us Monday evening Suleyman Hayati Dedeto celebrate the life of Suleyman Hayati Dede in Mevlevi Sufi fashion with prayer and music. Bring your stories of Dede and something dessert-like to share! We also hope to view some images from our recent Sema presentations and more….

Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall 1706 NW Market Street. Seattle, WA. 98107.

“In order to become human, we need to always be within the Divine Presence – to be aware of God, to hold Him in our hearts. When a human being performs zhikr, their spirit – their heart starts to open. Their intelligence becomes more refined and more expansive. Their bodies become healthier. A beautiful condition comes about – similar to the one that is brought about by good music. The whole being opens up like a flower, and the Divine Secret – the things you couldn’t understand or know about before – begin to be revealed to you.” ~ Suleyman Hayati Dede

MOA Seattle Circle December — January schedule

Beloveds:

We will be gathering in  Portland, OR for Shebi-Arus (Mevlana Rumi’s Wedding Night)
on Thursday December 17th at 7:30pm at Tiffany Center
1410 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205.
Purchase tickets here:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405995 . Follow this link for more details: http://www.hayatidede.org/rumis-wedding-night-portland-oregon-2015/
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Our next Seattle gathering will be Estag’firullah Zikr on Monday January 4th at 7:30pm
at Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard.
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We will gather again on Monday January 18th at 7:30pm for
the Urs of Suleyman Hayati Dede
at Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard.
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Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday November 16th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)
Suggested donation: $15.00
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532.

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad. 

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us. Read more here: http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=356

Where Everything is Music

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and if the whole world’s harp
should burn up,
there will still be hidden instruments
playing, playing

This singing art
is sea foam.
The graceful movements
come from a pearl
somewhere
on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift
and the edge of driftwood
along the beach
wanting, wanting

They derive from a slow
and powerful root
that we cannot see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window
in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly
in and out!

– Mevlana Jalalu’ddin Rumi 
trans. Coleman Barks.